Update on water situation

2015-04-30 13:56

IN response to a request from the Greytown Gazette for an update on the serious water and drought situation­ facing Greytown and surrounds­ the following was received from the water service providers­, the Umzinyathi District Municipality:

• The Department of Water and Sanitation has approved funding of R31.4 million for a business plan to address drought- related issues in the Umzinyathi District Municipality.

• The application has taken a long time but was finally approved last week by the director general of The Department of Water and Sanitation.

• The scope of work will include the drilling of emergency production boreholes in affected areas, spring protection and small- schemes reticulation in predominantly the rural areas.

• The towns of Greytown and Dundee, which depend on bulk water supply sources require additional water and is being dealt with separately. In Greytown the levels of Lake Merthley is below 38% and is dangerously low given the fact that the winter rains are predicted to be less than the summer rains which were well below the previous average rains thus contributing to the low levels in Lake Merthley.

• The achievement in Greytown thus far has seen a 20% reduction of water being produced from 5000 kilo- litres­ per day to 4 000 kilolitres per day. This is mainly due to the shutting of the supply to the reticulation at night and reducing night flows. Unfortunately, the impact still does not meet our planned reduction of production to 2 800 kilo- litres per day as required by the Department of Water and Sanitation. The department requires further intervention to achieve the desired reduction to 2 800 kilo- litres­ per day.

• The following interventions are being planned for Enhlalaka-hle township where there are many leaks which shows that the monthly consumption exceeds the average consumption of 15 000 litres per household that is expected from all households . Plumbers will used to fix and repair all leaks free of charges provided consent is obtained from the owners. Work is to commence by next week after due consultation processes.

• Public participation programmes have been planned for communities and schools also starting next week. It will con- centrate on using water awareness education and reducing wastage.

• Anticipating the worsening of the drought, the number of water tankers has been increased for the entire district.

• The Department of Water and Sanitation will be assisting Umzinyathi­ DM in identifying additional small dams that could be used to augment the bulk supply.

Ground water investigation in Greytown is in progress to secure additional water­ to meet the basic human needs.

• It is required that all consumers treat the current drought seriously­ as it will affect the liveli- hood of all should the town run out of water as we approach winter­.”





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